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WHAT IS A SPINAL ADJUSTMENT? IS IT SAFE?

Most people simply want to know if chiropractic care is safe and effective. The good news is that in the words of the Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.

There are 4 main techniques I utilise in my practice to assist in restoring proper spinal and neurological function. Each of these techniques have different merit, but all focus on the same thing – the detection and correction of nervous system interference.

“I don’t want my back or neck to be cracked.” Generally my clients fall into one of two categories: Those who like the ‘crack’ sound when they are adjusted, and those who don’t. Let me put your mind at ease – you don’t have to be ‘cracked’, I can use gentle and low-force techniques if you prefer. Either way, your care is always your choice. I will work with you to provide an approach that is effective and comfortable for you.

 

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Diversified

This is one of the most commonly used adjustment techniques by chiropractors around the world, and it is characterised by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust (adjustment).

The objective of the spinal adjustment is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine, and remove joint dysfunction. An adjustment is applied to specific joints using a manual thrust that goes deep into the joint to create correct motion, stretch surrounding muscles that may have become contracted, and stimulate the nervous system. Proper alignment allows the fluids and tissue around the joint to move more freely, which can ease pain and discomfort.

Thompson

This technique was developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson and is unique because it requires the use of an adjusting table which has mobile table segments (‘drop pieces’) that move with the adjustment. The gentle ‘drop’ allows the chiropractor to use less manual force in the adjustment, and can help to realign the spine and pelvis.

My tables also have ‘drop away’ pieces which are fabulous for pregnant women – it creates room for the belly so you can lie face-down comfortably. I use the acclaimed WEBSTER TECHNIQUE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN to assist in the optimal balance and alignment of the pelvis in preparation for birthing.

Activator

This technique is one of the most popular “low force” approaches. It uses an adjustment instrument called The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument – also called a ‘clicker’ by my clients. The activator instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. It is a great technique for anyone who requires low-force adjusting, including newborns, infants, children, and the elderly.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

This is a comprehensive, and gentle technique of Chiropractic. It is so named because of the relationship between the Sacrum (base of the spine) and the Occiput (base of the skull). One of the functions of the sacrum is to pump Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) from the base of the spine back up the spinal canal to the brain and throughout the nervous system. CSF acts as the circulatory system of the brain and spinal cord.

The SOT technique is a gentle method to facilitate this CSF balance for optimal health. It is applicable to everyone; from pre-conceptive care, during pregnancy, for babies through to adulthood and particularly effective for the elderly. It also includes careful assessment and correction of the skull bones – utilising cranial release techniques. Plagiocephaly (distorted head shape in babies) may be improved with this technique.

Testimonial number 1

“Thanks again for taking the time to come and talk to all the Midwives on the Labour and Births Suite.
There were lots of positive comments about your presentation over the following days
- when can you come back and teach us more?!”

Andrea

2015-03-07T20:50:50+00:00

Andrea

“Thanks again for taking the time to come and talk to all the Midwives on the Labour and Births Suite. There were lots of positive comments about your presentation over the following days - when can you come back and teach us more?!”

Testimonial number 2

“I enjoyed this inservice. I was imagining it would be about improving posture, etc.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear a well-structured, interesting, and motivating talk!
Thank you!”

Dianne

2015-03-09T20:51:36+00:00

Dianne

“I enjoyed this inservice. I was imagining it would be about improving posture, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a well-structured, interesting, and motivating talk! Thank you!”

Testimonial number 3

“Health and wellbeing is so important to me and my family, and we love attending Dr. Ashleigh’s classes and workshops.
We have been clients of hers for over 2 years and are always surprised by the new things we learn from her.
She has totally changed the way I look at food, movement, and my lifestyle. I’m so glad we found her!”

Angela

2015-03-09T20:52:22+00:00

Angela

“Health and wellbeing is so important to me and my family, and we love attending Dr. Ashleigh’s classes and workshops. We have been clients of hers for over 2 years and are always surprised by the new things we learn from her. She has totally changed the way I look at food, movement, and my lifestyle. I’m so glad we found her!”